60 years


Valentine Douglas bass
Vincent Gordon trombone
Larry McDonald percussion and voice
Kenneth Stewart keyboard
Aurelien Metsch guitar
Anant Pradhan saxophone
James Smith / Okiel McIntyre trumpet
Trevor Thompson drums

1.30 h (w/out intermission)

The pioneers of Jamaican ska music are celebrating their 60th anniversary with a tour that will look back on their extraordinary musical legacy. After the return of some of its founding members, The Skatalites will be on a world tour performing the most emblematic songs of their career; hymns such as ‘Man in the Street’, ‘Simmer Down’ and ‘Guns of Navarone’.
In 1964, some talented musicians created what would become the most profoundly influential band in Jamaican history. The Skatalites were an indispensable backing band for many legendary vocalists and vocal groups at the beginning of 1960s, including Bob Marley's "Wailing Wailers." Their sound inspired a wave of influential 2 Tone bands, such as The Specials, Madness, The Beat, Bad Manners, and The Selecter, and other legendary groups like The Police and The Clash. In the early 80’s, bands like Fishbone, The Untouchables and The Toasters pioneered what would soon be known as the 'Third Wave' of ska, inspiring bands like No Doubt, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hepcat, Ska-P, and in other genres, artists as diverse as Amy Winehouse, Sinead O'Connor, Grace Jones, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton.
In fact, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall, dub, reggaeton, hip-hop and rap can all trace their roots back to the musical tree planted by The Skatalites.

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